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When I was first invited to view this garden back in 2005 the owners explained to me that when they bought the house some years previously they had inherited a well-established garden. The house was a traditional dormer style bungalow, commonly found in suburban areas during the mid 20th century, and the garden was very much in keeping with this style.

The owners of this delightful, but by now jaded property had been granted planning permission to demolish the existing dwelling and to build a new home more suited to their taste and requirements. My task was to look at the garden and to come up with a design that would successfully integrate the new house.

At first I was unsure about this project and it wasn't until I saw the plans for the new house that I realised that this was in fact right up my street. Once again I was blessed to be working with an inspirational Architect and with generous and open-minded clients.

I have always been unhappy with the approach that says that the garden, (i.e. the planting), should seek to soften the building/ architecture. Clearly in some cases there may be a case for this simplistic approach, but in this, as in many other instances I much prefer the symbiotic approach where the Architecture and the Landscape Architecture work towards integration.
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